Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Archives
Ranking lauds VUMC’s Cardiac Surgery program
Nov. 10, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center was recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee for Medical Excellence in Major Cardiac Surgery by CareChex 2017 Hospital Quality Ratings Analysis.
Trial to test aortic valve technique in lower-risk patients
Oct. 27, 2016—In 2011, doctors at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute performed the state’s first transcatheter valve-replacement (TAVR) procedure for high-risk patients suffering from aortic stenosis, the most common valvular heart disease in the United States.
Device helps curb atrial fibrillation patients’ stroke risk
Aug. 25, 2016—Peggy Tubb doesn’t recall her exact reaction when she was told she could stop taking blood thinners to treat atrial fibrillation (AF), but the news changed her life.
Age no barrier for patient’s transplant surgery success
Aug. 18, 2016—The old adage that age is just a number actually became a lifesaver for 71-year-old Rex Parton.
Heart transplant program among busiest in U.S.
Aug. 4, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s heart transplant program is ranked No. 2 nationwide in volume for its combined adult and pediatric procedures, according to the most recent data released by Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) in July.
Heart Institute celebrates LVAD program milestone
Apr. 14, 2016—On April 7, a 48-year-old man from Bethpage, Tennessee, became the 300th person to receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).
Study leads to new heart transplant decision support tool
Feb. 18, 2016—Because donor organs are scarce, understanding the mortality risk associated with heart transplantation is an important consideration when evaluating patients for transplant.
Clair named Heart Institute Executive Medical Director
Nov. 5, 2015—After serving in an interim capacity, Walter Clair, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Medicine and medical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, has been named executive medical director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).
Shah named to direct VHVI’s heart transplant program
Oct. 15, 2015—Ashish Shah, M.D., has joined Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) as director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support.
New device monitors pulmonary artery pressures
Aug. 20, 2015—For patients with heart failure, changes in pulmonary artery (PA) pressures are an early indication that their condition is worsening, even before they notice symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain.
VUMC recognized for high standard of cardiac care
Aug. 6, 2015—The American College of Cardiology has recognized Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for its commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.
Vanderbilt Heart offers alternative to blood thinners for atrial fibrillation
Jun. 17, 2015—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute now offers patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative treatment to reduce their risk of stroke, potentially avoiding the long-term use of blood thinners such as warfarin.